Ruined Hut - Monk's Cowl

11 Aug 2013 19:35 - 11 Aug 2013 19:59 #58023 by Stijn


I stumbled upon this ruined hut just above the path between Hlatikulu Nek and Indanyane / Stable Cave. i.e. On the high ridge between the Monk's Cowl and Mhlawazini Valleys.

Does anybody know the story behind this one?

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11 Aug 2013 21:34 #58024 by domsmooth
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Hey Stijn.

Have you got a gps co-ordinate of that hut? If so, I can ask around at work if anyone know about it.

I know that some effort has gone into some of the vulture hides recently (especially the one at the top of Mikes Pass), so there may be one or two folk around who are aware of the hut, and perhaps have some idea as to the demise. It is Ezemvelo's intention to reduce the development footprint within the WHS, especially in those areas which have been zoned as wilderness. That process is part of the buffer project to inform where the buffer should be more stringent on development to reduce impact from outside on the wilderness element of those areas.

Let me know.

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12 Aug 2013 06:02 #58026 by Stijn
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I pulled these of Google Earth:

29° 1'50.95"S
29°22'44.98"E

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24 Aug 2013 17:17 #58226 by domsmooth
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Hi Stijn. My interactions so far have yielded no responses. From all the folk in the field I have spoken to, none of them know anything about the structure. There are one or 2 more folk I need to liaise with, and I will feedback here if I get any further insights.

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26 Aug 2013 01:56 #58238 by Serious tribe
Amazing the structure has not been burnt to a crisp over the last few decades of burns! Good find!

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04 Sep 2013 08:51 - 04 Sep 2013 08:52 #58361 by Stijn
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Ja, especially considering the grass all around it was recently burnt. Perhaps it is somewhat protected by the bushes around it?

I tracked back the Google image as far as it would go (2004) and the structure is clearly visible back then too. Interesting that there is another structure on the crest of the ridge as well (bottom-right of the photo below):

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04 Sep 2013 23:51 - 04 Sep 2013 23:52 #58365 by Serious tribe
Looks like it has a hedge or rock wall surrounding it.
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06 Nov 2013 08:22 #58974 by intrepid
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We managed to find out a bit more about the hut and visited it on the recent VE trip. It was apparently the home of the person manning the fire-lookout which looked over the Champagne Valley in the forestry days. There is still a clear trail from this hut up to the lookout point. The lookout is gone but the bushes that grew around it are still quite visible from below and from afar it looks like a man-made structure.

This hut has been partially dismantled and pieces of it were carried out. The rest will apparently be burned down as the location of the hut is squarely within the Mdedelelo Wilderness Area.

Take nothing but litter, leave nothing but a cleaner Drakensberg.
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